Mamasaurus by Stephan Lomp

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

Story

This book came out before Papasaurus. Both books follow the same pattern where Babysaurus is searching for one of its parents while describing the parent’s characteristics to other dinosaur kids. In the book Papasaurus, Babysaurus was playing hide-n-seek with dad. With Mamasaurus, however, it accidentally slid and fell off Mama’s back.

He got lost and asked other kids for help to find Mama. Along the way, he gets to describe his Mama’s characteristics and the other dino kids describe their own mamas.

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Random Reflections After Turning 35

Over the weekend, I turned 35! It’s a big number! I feel like I’ve made significant progress in #Adulting. But who knows… when you were a kid, you thought that the adults knew what they were doing. Now that I am an adult, I’m not so sure… 😀

I told my wife before my birthday that if I were to die at 70 years old, then I am already in my mid-life.

At this age, birthdays are really not that a big deal. They come as just another day, only a little bit more special because loved ones remember it and they greet you (thankfully there’s Facebook and social media to remind us of each other’s birthdates).

People my age did cool stuff. But there’s a handful who STARTED something at this age. I came across this interesting website that displays “Things Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age.” Here’s the list of what people did when they were my age:

At age 35:

• Based on a nightmarish dream, Robert Louis Stevenson wrote The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
• Russian ambassador Aleksandr Borosovich Kurakin introduced the practice of serving meals in courses.
• Frederic William Herschel, an English astronomer, invented the contact lens.
• American sprinter Evelyn Ashford won her final Olympic gold medal at age 35, old for a sprinter.
• Amedeo Avogadro developed Avogadro’s hypothesis.
• Law School professor Anita Hill charged that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas made indecent remarks to her.
• Margie Profet proposed a new theory of menstruation which claims that menstruation protects against infection and won a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant.
• Astronaut Buzz Aldrin achieved his life’s ambition at age 35 and wondered, what do you do after that?
• Julia Child began to learn to cook.
• Mozart stopped composing and started, well, you know.

It’s certainly an interesting list. And I know that I still have a lot of life, energy, and daredevil in me.

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Duck, Duck, Dinosaur Perfect Pumpkin

by Kallie George, Illustrated by Oriol Vidal

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

What the Books is about

Feather, Flap, and Spike are looking for the perfect pumpkin because… what else do you do when it is fall? Look for pumpkins of course.

Feather and Flap do a good job of looking for a perfect pumpkin. But Spike has other ideas… Whenever Feather and Flap find the perfect pumpkin, Spike squish it by jumping on it, using it as a bowling ball and juggling it. Whatever he does, he ends up squishing it, which frustrates Feather and Flap.

But in the end, Feather and Flap, and Mama makes him understand that pumpkins are for decorating for fall and Halloween. The other pumpkins that Spike squished? They’re good for a pumpkin pie! Continue reading

How to Mentally Prepare for the Move to the USA

It’s never easy to move to another country. No amount of preparation can really do justice to the life-changing move you’re about to do. Here are some ways to mentally prepare yourself and your family as you move to the USA.

Learn more about the work you are about to do.

Google is your friend. Although nursing and teaching are two of the top professions for Filipinos in the USA, there are other jobs that Filipinos do. Some are in the religious sector while others are in Information Technology. Continue reading

Opposites by Ingrid & Dieter Schubert

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

Story

“Opposites” doesn’t really have a story in the strict sense. Rather, it presents a lot of animals doing silly things and presenting opposite concepts: Up and Down; big and small; wet and dry; hid and seek (although I was thinking if hid and seek are really opposites?); cold and hot; brave and scared; naughty and nice; alone and together; happy and sad; normal and crazy; fight and make up; and lastly asleep and awake.

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